The most beautiful ruin in France
This is how victor Hugo described Jumièges Abbey, a benedictine monastery in Normandy, situated between Rouen and Le Havre. Founded in 654 by Saint Philibert, it was destroyed in 841 by the Vikings and again during the Hundred Years War. Although it prospered, the French Revolution, saw its decline and parts of the buildings were demolished with the stone being used elsewhere. Today, the impressive ruins of the church, with its tall twin towers, parts of the cloisters, and the library remain. The contents of the library were removed to Rouen when the abbey was dissolved. A 500 year old yew tree in the middle of the former cloister still stands.